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Appendix: Baghdad at the Time of al-Muqtadir

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The fortified citadel or Round City of Baghdad was situated on the West Bank of the Tigris and, throughout the medieval period, was surrounded by a network of canals, residential quarters, gardens and markets. The map in this chapter is based on Aḥmad Sūsa’s map, but has been amended to emphasize topographical features for which dated evidence can be found in sources. The neighbourhood of the Baradan Bridge had been a popular residential area from the early days of Baghdad's foundation. The topographical feature, and one closely connected to the canals, is made up of the gardens and other open spaces referred to in the sources. These are divided into three categories: gardens, muṣallāt or public assembly grounds, and cemeteries. The Bustan al-Najmi is attested in the sources for the first time during the caliphate of al-Muqtadir. Estimates of the population of Baghdad during the medieval period are contradictory and contentious.

Keywords:al-Muqtadir; Baghdad; Baradān Bridge; canals; gardens; markets; residential quarters



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